Ed Sheeran, 22, is an English singer-songwriter. He was born in Halifax, England. He was raised in Framlingham, Suffolk and moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. He sang in a local church choir from the age of four, learned guitar at a very young age, and began writing songs during High School. His early childhood memories included listening to Van Morrison on his countless trips to London with his parents and going to an intimate Damien Rice gig in Ireland when he was eleven. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. In 2012, he won two BRIT Awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough. In 2012, Sheeran began to rise to fame in the United States. He made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth album Red and wrote songs for the boyband One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he duetted with Elton John during the ceremony. He will spend much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Swift’s Red Tour. (Source: Wiki)
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Ben Howard, 25, an award winning singer-songwriter who was born in West London. He was raised by musical parents who exposed him to their favorite records from singer-songwriter artists from the 1960s and 1970s at an early age, like Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Simon Garfunkel, by which he was strongly influenced.
ITV.com: Ben Howard has won best British male and best breakthrough act at the Brit Awards. As he collected his first award, he said: “I’m not very good at speeches. I’m not very good at dancing.” He also thanked his mother, saying, “She’s rung a lot of old friends to ask them to vote for this.”
Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun…
(Music Starts at 0:50 seconds…go ahead…see if you can keep your foot from tapping…)
Melissa “Missy” Morrison Higgins, 30, is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She learned to play classical piano from age six but realized she wanted to be a singer at about 12 when she appeared in a Primary School production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Hoping for more freedom, she urged her parents to send her to a boarding school attended by her siblings. There she took up the piano again, this time playing jazz. She was introverted and found that piano practice helped her cope with living at boarding school.
Source: Thank you fantasmaglorious. Couldn’t stop watching. Boyo, what is with your fixation with water balloons?
Now I wouldn’t consider myself a groupie (and that would depend on the definition of groupie)…but I’m a fan. A Large One. ”Running on Empty.” The Pretender.” ”Stay Just a Little Bit Longer.” ”Here Come Those Tears Again. “You’re A Friend.” “Rosie.” And I can go on and on, yet…Yet, somehow, I’ve never heard this song. Shaking my head in wonder. How’s that possible?
And if you’re a purist, here’s Jackson Browne’s acoustic version of the same song (and a far superior version in my opinion) to ease you into the weekend:
↓ click for audio (Jackson Browne: Sky Blue and Black)
…And I’m taking in the Indian Summer
And I’m soaking it up in my mind
And I’m pretending like it’s paradise
On a golden autumn day, on a golden autumn day
On a golden autumn day, on a golden autumn day, golden autumn day …
~ Van Morrison
Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. This song, In The Waiting Line, is from their debut album, Simple Things which was released in 2001 and received critical acclaim.
↓ click for audio (Zero 7: “In The Waiting Line“)
Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec.
There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust…
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home…
And I built a home
Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it’s knees
By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held on me
Held on as tightly as you held on me…
And I built a home
Hal David passed away on Saturday. David was a lyricist and partnered with music composer Burt Bacharach to produce some of the most memorable and long lasting hits of our generation including ”Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head“, “This Guy’s in Love with You“, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again“, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose“, “Walk On By“, “What the World Needs Now Is Love“, “I Say a Little Prayer“, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me“, and “One Less Bell to Answer“.
In memory of Hal David, here’s Dionne Warwick singing “Walk on By.”
Image Source: Bacharachonline.com
Maria Mena is a Norwegian Pop singer and songwriter. Here’s Maria (with Thomas Dybdahl) singing “So Sweet.”
↓ click for audio (So Sweet – Maria Mena)
“…cool and soothing…the wind is in your hair…not a single care…the speed of moving…feels like you can fly… feeling kinda high…beneath the big blue sky…you let go and landed on your feet…and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…Amelia, you always had what you finally found…you’re on your way…your fears are behind you…morning glory…shines upon your face…not a single trace…of years all gone to waste…oh now here’s a story…full of hope and light…you didn’t win without a fight…now here’s to your delight…you let go and landed on your feet …and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…”
- Blue and White (Beth Waters)
- Healing Hands (Marc Cohn)
- Meet me by the water… (Rachael Yamagata)
- Saturday Afternoon with Ari Hest…
- Easing into nap time with Thomas Dybdahl…
- All I do… (Kirk Whalum)
- Breathe in… (Rachel Lloyd, Chill 2000)